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MResBiomedical Science - Antimicrobial Resistance

St George University
United Kingdom, london
Tuition fee €2,600 per year
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Biomedical scientists work at the cutting edge of research and medicine, helping to solve some of the most threatening diseases and conditions facing mankind.

St George’s has enjoyed an outstanding track record of research and innovation in infectious disease ever since the ‘father of vaccinology’ Edward Jenner, based here, created the world’s first vaccine (against smallpox). More recently, our research has included a focus on tuberculosis, malaria, HIV in low and middle-income countries and Covid-19.

We offer four pathways in Biomedical Science – in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Infection and Immunity, Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer, and Reproduction and Development. Originally established in 2007, they have been growing in strength and reputation ever since, and provide excellent preparation for either a PhD and research within an academic or industrial setting, or a career in the biomedical and medical sector.

This specialist pathway provides an exciting opportunity to study antimicrobial resistance or AMR with a focus on healthcare impact, genetic technologies and interventions to reduce resistance. AMR is now recognised as one of the most serious global threats to human health in the 21st century with bacterial resistance to antibiotics increasingly spreading from one country to the next.

Programme structure

There are three core modules (15 credits each). These are common to all pathways, and most of teaching will take place in the autumn term. The specialist modules (30 credits) are specific to each of the four pathways and will continue from September till January.

The journal clubs/paper critiques organised by students will start in October and continue until March. The Research Project module will start in October and runs until July/August. Students will present a poster and submit a final dissertation in August.

The core modules provide advanced training in the practice of biomedical research across a broad range of laboratory and computer-based biomedical science, while the specialist module prepares you to conduct high-calibre in-depth research in your chosen research field.

Unlike many other courses, our Research Project offers a chance to spend up to 9 months working as part of an active research team. This may provide an opportunity to work with clinical samples or staff on our hospital sites. For example, one past research project studied how MRSA adapts to different antimicrobials; MRSA is a major problem for hospitals, causing a wide variety of difficult-to-treat infections in immuno-compromised patients. Another project continued work to improve the performance of antimicrobial peptides – or host defence peptides – proven to be active against a plethora of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, with a specific aim of tackling the resistant strains.

Core modules
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Research methods (15 credits)
Statistics (15 credits)
Research project planning and management (15 credits)
Antimicrobial Resistance (30 credits)
Research project (105 credits)

Career opportunities

The course provides excellent preparation for PhD study, which around a fifth of our students complete here at St George’s or elsewhere, and this can lead to a research career within academia or pharmaceutical industry.

Alternatively, on completion, you could pursue a career in the biomedical and medical sector in roles where some research background is required but not necessarily at PhD level. This may include job opportunities as research support staff, technicians, medical laboratory assistants, specialist services provision, equipment operators and laboratory management.

This course is also effective in accelerating the development of your career in healthcare and NHS.

Apply now! Fall semester 2024
This is a rolling intake - applications are accepted all year round.
Studies commence
16 Sept 2024

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2024
This is a rolling intake - applications are accepted all year round.
Studies commence
16 Sept 2024

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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